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#4 Elizabeth Street,
(Off Roona Street, via St. Andrews Avenue)
Cocoyea Village, San Fernando,
comprising 6,224 sq. ft. freehold land
Bids are invited for the above property
Interested parties can call 471-9009 or 471-8899
Monday to Friday 8:00am to 3:00pm
for further information
Bid forms can be collected at any branch of TECU Credit Union.
Only bids submitted on the approved form will be accepted.
The mortgagee does not bind itself to accept the highest or any other bid.
Sealed bids are to be deposited in the box provided at:
TECU Credit Union
Southern Main Road
Unsuccessful bidders will not be acknowledged.
The property is being sold:
• subject to all outstanding rates and taxes;
• 'as is' without any responsibility of the vendor to provide statutory
approvals, surveying data or warranty on its suitability for use for any
other purpose; and
• subject to any existing tenancies, occupancy or encroachments how
ever created or formed.
Bids Close promptly at 3:00pm on
Wednesday 15th March, 2017
The water supply from the
Caroni and other water treat-
ment plants meet World Health
Organization (WHO) guide-
lines for drinking water quality
and is therefore safe to drink,
the Water and Sewerage Au-
thority (WASA) said yesterday.
WASA issued a statement to this
effect last night following sharp
concern about the quality of water
following a Joint Select Commit-
tee (JSC) meeting on Wednesday,
where there were revelations of lead
from the Guanapo landfill possibly
contaminating water courses lead-
ing to the Caroni Water Treatment
Plant. Solid Waste Management
Company Ltd (SWMCOL) officials
said the situation was known since
The disclosure caused alarm and
concern from JSC members. Ex-
posure to high levels of lead may
cause anaemia, weakness, kidney
and brain damage.
At yesterday's post-Cabinet me-
dia briefing Minister Stuart Young
(Office of the Prime Minister) said
Government was very concerned
"about what we heard (from the
He said there was no evidence
up to then, of any lead poisoning in
potable drinking water. He added
testing was going on at the landfill.
Young said Government has
asked for an urgent report on the
matter from the Public Utilities
Ministry. He expected the report
would address the aspect of wa-
ter for consumption and if this has
Young cautioned the public not
to over or under-react since Gov-
ernment had to await the report
to find out if the situation was af-
fecting any aquifer supplying water
sources and may have seeped into
the Caroni Water Treatment Plant.
Young's statements were fol-
lowed last night by a release from
WASA seeking to allay fears about
WASA stated the water it pro-
duced met and exceeded guidelines
set by the World Health Organisa-
tion (WHO) for potable or drinking
Specifically referencing the JSC
revelations, and alleged lead con-
tamination at the Caroni Water
Treatment Plant, WASA stated
there were several mechanisms
in place to ensure water produced
and distributed from that plant was
potable and met WHO standards.
This included a rigorous treat-
"Lead is a heavy metal contami-
nant which is easily removed from
water during WASA's coagulation/
flocculation and sedimentation
No lead contamination of Caroni Treatment Plant
Government proposes to
make it easier for over 1,000
remand inmates to be released
on bail by cash and cheque de-
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi,
speaking at yesterday's post-Cab-
inet press conference, said the
amendments proposed to the Bail
Act would facilitate the reduction
of the number of people on remand.
Some magistrates already allow
a cash bail alternative for accused
people on serious criminal charges.
The AG also detailed other leg-
islation proposed to expedite the
criminal justice system including
proposals for plea bargaining and
abolishing preliminary inquiries.
Al-Rawi said there were 2,242
people in remand and 1,000 were
there for non-bailable offences
"But a lot of people don't own
property, so it's impossible for
some to get bail," he said.
The usual procedure to obtain
bail was through the use of a prop-
Under the proposal, bail will be
taken via cash payment or certified
cheque via systems at the prison
or courts daily except on Sundays,
Another piece of legislation
seeks to facilitate criminal plea
bargaining discussion and agree-
ment. Al-Rawi said it was similar to
law in the US system where 95 per
cent of matters do not go to court.
"The gap which has to be re-
duced is the length of time between
charge and conviction," he added.
The proposed local process will
facilitate discussions on plea bar-
gaining beginning even before a
charge is laid, he added. It will al-
low for talks between those who are
prosecuting, or want to, and other
parties in a matter and will take into
consideration victim's views.
"The matter will then be taken to
a judge who can say 'yea' or 'nay'
on whether plea bargaining can be
struck," the AG said.
Another piece of legislation to
reduce delays in the justice system
will abolish preliminary inquiries
completely since this process takes
a long time. Al-Rawi said the Piar-
co Airport preliminary enquiry for
instance has taken 17 years.
He proposes replacing prelim-
inary enquires with allowing the
Director of Public Prosecutions to
decide if a matter should be heard
summarily or indictably. Al-Rawi
said the International Financial
Organisation bill will also be pre-
sented to Parliament to facilitate
borrowings from the Andean Bank.
WASA: Drinking water safe
processes. In addition, there is disin-
fection to eliminate dangerous path-
ogens," the release said.
"Regular water quality testing at the
plant's on-site laboratory in keeping
with WHO Guidelines. Water Qual-
ity Monitoring System (WQMS) to
monitor water quality parameters in
the Caroni River Basin and provide
real-time water quality data to the
plant from several locations upstream
of the Caroni Plant.
"This system measures six water
quality parameters which are key in-
dicators of different types of pollution
that can impact the Plant's output," the
WASA stated the Water Resourc-
es Agency, SWMCOL and UWI had
been working together in the past few
years to improve the water quality in the
Guanapo River by reducing the volume
of leachate from the Guanapo landfill
entering the river. (See Page A13)
Cash bail laws coming---AG
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